aggressive

adjective
ag·​gres·​sive | \ə-ˈgre-siv \

Definition of aggressive 

1a : tending toward or exhibiting aggression aggressive behavior

b : marked by combative readiness an aggressive fighter

2a : marked by obtrusive energy and self-assertiveness a rude, aggressive personality

b : marked by driving forceful energy or initiative : enterprising an aggressive salesman

3 : strong or emphatic in effect or intent aggressive colors aggressive flavors

4 : growing, developing, or spreading rapidly aggressive bone tumors

5 : more severe, intensive, or comprehensive than usual especially in dosage or extent aggressive chemotherapy

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Other Words from aggressive

aggressively adverb
aggressiveness noun
aggressivity \ ˌa-​ˌgre-​ˈsi-​və-​tē \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for aggressive

aggressive, militant, assertive, self-assertive mean obtrusively energetic especially in pursuing particular goals. aggressive implies a disposition to dominate often in disregard of others' rights or in determined and energetic pursuit of one's ends. aggressive in his business dealings militant also implies a fighting disposition but suggests not self-seeking but devotion to a cause, movement, or principle. militant protesters rallied against the new law assertive suggests bold self-confidence in expression of opinion. the more assertive speakers dominated the forum self-assertive connotes forwardness or brash self-confidence. a self-assertive young upstart

Examples of aggressive in a Sentence

He started to get aggressive and began to shout. an aggressive lawyer whose tactics have made people angry The team plays a very aggressive style of defense. The company took aggressive steps to prevent illegal use of their equipment. The publisher has been very aggressive in promoting the book. The city began an aggressive campaign to encourage recycling. an aggressive form of cancer
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The escalating fight with China comes as the administration wages separate trade battles with allies around the world, representing the most aggressive and widest-reaching protectionist effort in half a century of US trade policy. Evan Horowitz, BostonGlobe.com, "There are no bullets or bombs, but trade wars have real casualties," 6 July 2018 Best Par 5: 18th hole This is the hole that gets talked about the most, with lots of decisions to be made about how aggressive a player wants to be on each shot. Brent Kennedy, Howard County Times, "Whiskey Creek Golf Club," 20 June 2018 The aggressive potty mouth stands in contrast to the blitheness Plaza imbues Lenny with. Nojan Aminosharei, Marie Claire, "Aubrey Plaza Was Never April Ludgate," 13 June 2018 There are right ways to use your teeth while kissing, but aggressive biting is definitely not one of them. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "11 Mistakes to Avoid During a Hot Makeout Sesh," 12 June 2018 Both involve some form of aggressive heat followed by a more mellow, lower-heat method as needed. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "How to Roast Red Peppers at Home Like a Minor Character on 'The Sopranos'," 2 June 2018 The cascade of picayune tariffs and aggressive trade rhetoric directed indiscriminately against allies and competitors alike could inflict lasting damage on US companies’ ability to compete globally. Zachary Karabell, WIRED, "Trump's Trade War Won't Hurt China. It Could Hurt US Tech," 27 June 2018 The latest sell-off added to steep losses in major Asian exchanges Monday amid aggressive rhetoric from Washington and China’s vows to stand its ground. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, "Asian markets slump again amid deepening fears of China-U.S. trade war," 25 June 2018 Over the course of 12 months, the team became much smarter and more aggressive, and suddenly LeBron James is in L.A. Particularly with the Knicks, that's the dream. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "Kevin Knox, Wendell Carter Jr., and Midsummer Hope for the Knicks and Bulls," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of aggressive

1716, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for aggressive

borrowed from New Latin aggressīvus, from Latin aggressus, past participle of aggredī "to step up to, approach, attack" + -īvus -ive — more at aggress

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aggressive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of aggressive

: ready and willing to fight, argue, etc. : feeling or showing aggression

: using forceful methods to succeed or to do something

medical : very severe

aggressive

adjective
ag·​gres·​sive | \ə-ˈgre-siv \

Kids Definition of aggressive

1 : showing a readiness to fight or argue an aggressive dog aggressive behavior

2 : engaging in hostile action without reasonable cause an aggressive nation

3 : being forceful in getting things done an overly aggressive salesperson

Other Words from aggressive

aggressively adverb
aggressiveness noun

aggressive

adjective
ag·​gres·​sive | \ə-ˈgres-iv \

Medical Definition of aggressive 

1 : tending toward or exhibiting aggression aggressive behavior

2 : growing, developing, or spreading rapidly aggressive bone tumors

3 : more severe, intensive, or comprehensive than usual especially in dosage or extent aggressive chemotherapy aggressive surgical intervention — compare conservative

Other Words from aggressive

aggressively adverb
aggressiveness noun
aggressivity \ ˌag-​ˌre-​ˈsiv-​ət-​ē \ noun plural -ties

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